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Tech Savvy

A Superpower
For Designers
Augmented Reality
could transform the
design/build industry
IF ANY INDUSTRY COULD BENEFIT FROM TECH-

NOLOGY, it's construction, but we have never been
known to be early adopters or even mainstream
users of technology. But the design/build world
is ripe for tech innovation; we design and build in
front of our buyers, and we work in diverse, mobile
and typically scattered teams of professionals.
We need the technology in our industry to be
mobile, image oriented, simple and inexpensive.
Designers and builders are now integrating products and technology from all over the world - since
consumers are now shopping in a global marketplace - and we need the latest and most creative
tools to manage this.

ABOVE Augment allows

design professionals to
visualize products in 3D in
the real environment and in
real time through tablets or
smartphones.

WHAT IS AUGMENTED REALITY?

Augmented Reality (AR) is a composite of
real-world and virtual data like images and videos and can include perceptual data like audio,
measurements, depth perception and geolocation. AR can help designers automate processes
and build prototypes easier and faster by using
virtual images that are scaled correctly. It can
bring team members together in real-time design meetings, even though they may each be in
remote locations.
The top AR-use cases for designers and contractors include:
¨Shared Experiences by Apple will soon be available through Apple's ARKit 2 on Apple devices.
Multiple users such as clients, designers, builders and architects will be able to collaborate on
the same virtual image superimposed on a realworld image in real time - on different devices.
¨On-site job management and record keeping
via mobile apps will speed things up and keep
the team on the same page and will also automatically update your records.
¨AR can be used on a jobsite to measure, scale,
notate and share via chat.
¨Video conferencing with real + virtual images in
the real world (live on everyone's screen in real
time) can be helpful for design meetings, change
orders and troubleshooting.

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SCOTT KOEHLER is a 27-year
veteran of the kitchen and bath
industry and owner of Dream
Kitchen Builders, a designbuild firm doing business in
North Carolina.

HELPFUL AR APPS

¨Augment. The Augment app allows designers to scan content and import
it for AR applications. Let's say you're at a plumbing supply house and you
find a beautiful but very large chef 's faucet, and you're not sure if it'll fit in
your client's design. Using the built-in AR camera, you can shoot the image
and then save it. Back at the project, you can upload it into an AR app and
superimpose it in the real world to check scale.You can add text and save the
composite image to your files, and you can share it in real time with everyone
involved in making the decision.
¨Measure. Measure will be released by Apple this fall as part of iOS 12, and
it may become the new standard for measuring in the world of design
and construction. Apple, with iOS 12 and Measure, has made jobsite
measuring so much easier, and at the same time its AR capabilities will be
especially useful to designers. Will Measure replace the tape measure and
become the standard for measuring in the construction industry? Maybe.
Its superpower is that you will be able to measure almost anything with your
iPhone. Point, measure and save real-world, real-time images and related
data. It will even measure a person. It's going to be easy to measure LxWxH
on your iPhone, as it will recognize rectangles automatically and measure
all sides of the rectangle at once. One of the biggest assets for designers
using this new app will be something Apple calls "Level." Designers and
builders will be able to keep objects level in any space by using this feature
from the app.
¨Chalk. With the Chalk app, remote teamwork and collaboration become
better and easier. You'll be able to take a real-world image of an item that
has just been installed at your project and superimpose a virtual image on
top of it to share with your team - even on numerous different devices.
Virtual images, like a manufacturer's CAD image of a faucet, can be superimposed in the real world to create a composite and perfectly scaled
image. The composite image can then be saved and revisited later by the
whole team with the virtual elements still in place.This is called "Persistent
AR." The Chalk app is coming out this fall and will be an awesome new
tool in a designer's bag of tricks. It will be helpful in online meetings and
for troubleshooting, and it's an excellent way to collaborate remotely.
AR isn't new, but the democratization of it definitely is because Apple just
made it mainstream with ARKit and ARKit 2. Design tools that were once
too expensive for independent small and medium businesses to purchase are
now free.The power to merge the real world with imagination is a superpower
that designers down through the ages would have died for.
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Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Happenings
Tech Savvy
All Abroad
Trends
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Learning Corner
Better Business
Research Roundup
Connected Home Special Section
Solutions
Universal Design
Small Spaces
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